PERMANENT EXHIBITION “What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”

In November 2017, we opened a permanent exhibition „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”, where we show the original documents of the Archive for the first time; one of two authentic containers in which the documents were buried underground. We also present the profiles of individual people of Oneg Shabbat and their contribution to the underground work.

The exhibition opening was attended by the President, the First Lady, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, deputy ambassador of Israel, representative of UNESCO, other high state and religious officials, diplomatic corps, and representatives of Jewish foundations and organizations from the entire world.

Curator | Paweł Śpiewak
Co-curator | Anna Duńczyk-Szulc
Exhibition designers | Aneta Faner, Piotr Duma
Cooperation | Zuzanna Benesz-Goldfinger, Jarosław Kubicki, Sławomir Różański
Authors of the Oneg Szabat Program  | Jolanta Hercog, Krzysztof A. Rozen

The main subject of the exihibition is activity of particular members of the Oneg Shabbat group and the story of the Archive they created together – from its beginning until today. The exhibition aims to present this unique collection, as well as the history of the group, thanks to which it survived in the context of historical events that they witnessed.

The title of the exhibition, „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”, is a quote from the last will of 19-year old David Graber, one of three people who hid the first part of the Archive in the basement of the Nowolipki 68 (Ber Borochov Jewish secular primary school before World War II). The archive was buried in the ground during the extermination action in Warsaw.

In the first month, the exhibition was visited by over 5,500 visitors.

Contact person: Anna Duńczyk – Szulc

Due to available space and specificity of the exhibition, only up to 35 visitors can be let in at a single visit. We advise online booking and selection of the most convenient visiting time.

The guided tour of the exhibition takes place twice a day from Monday to Friday: at 11 AM in English and at 2 PM in Polish.

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry: 5 p.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entry: 4 p.m.)


Direct contact with original historical documents is a powerful experience for visitors, but not everyone can travel to Warsaw. That is why the history of the Archive and its creators will be presented within the framework of a traveling exhibition. When told jointly by the curators of the Jewish Historical Institute and the hosting institutions, the story of the Ringelblum Archive and of the Oneg Shabbat can really impact the international audience. The design of the traveling exhibition is a direct reference to „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”, the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Historical Institute.

Contact person: Agnieszka Rudzińska


We are also developing temporary exhibitions which will be shown in the exhibition hall of the former Main Judaic Library in Warsaw.

Contact person: Anna Duńczyk-Szulc